Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

After a season with too many cancellations, ETBF is very pleased to announce, that a new tournament in Sweden, named the Lucky Larsen Masters, will be included in the EBT 2017.

The tournament keeps a prize pool of not less than 912.000 SEK, equivalent to approximately 96.200 €. The tournament is also adopted in the World Bowling Tour 2017.

The tournament will be conducted on 13-27 August 2017 in Malmoe, which is the third largest city in Sweden and well connected by a big bridge to Denmark and downtown trains directly from the Airport in Copenhagen.

The tournament will be included in the EBT 2017 as stop 08. The status of the tournament will be EBT Gold; a status ensuring the ranked athletes to be awarded points with the regular ranking scale times four.

The contact person of the tournament is Daniel Rönnbäck, who is reachable at the email address daniel@wbtsweden.se.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

The Organizer of Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick, the Norwegian Bowling Federation, has decided to upgrade the tour category of the tournament from Satellite to Bronze. This means that athletes will be awarded double as many ranking points for the EBT Rankings.

The prize pool of the tournament is increased from 239.000 NOK to 275.000 NOK, an amount equivalent to about 31.000 €.

The Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick, which unchanged will be conducted on 6-15 October 2017 in Veitvet Bowling Centre in Oslo, is concluding the European Bowling Tour 2017.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

The Polish Open, which was supposed to be conducted late July in Wroclaw, is cancelled by the organizer due to relatively low participation numbers the first two years of its existence and an actual lack of sponsorships.

The organizer expresses a wish to reinsert the tournament into the European Bowling Tour at a later moment. We obviously hope they will succeed.

The tour has been “hit” from many sides this year, some expected, some definitely not. But as ETBF previously has announced, the European Bowling Tour will continue irrespectively of its present size. It is our aim to grow the EBT again for the coming seasons.

We have a dedicated group of organizers left back in 2017, and we have fortunately no signals of any further cancellations this year.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

Due to the number of entering athletes in the last year’s issues of Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open, the organizer has decided to change the status of the tournament from Gold to Silver.

As a consequence of the change, the prize pool is changed from 60.000 to 45.000 €.

The field of qualified athletes for the final steps is reduced from 64 to 48 and the format is changed to fit with the changed number of qualified.

The tournament will unchanged be conducted this summer, on 15-23 July 2017 in the well-known Dream-Bowl Palace, situated in Unterföhring, a suburb to Munich.

You can find the details of the format in the Tournament Calendar at this site.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

The organizer of the Scheveningen Dutch Open has decided to change the conduction period of the tournament from 16-24 September 2017 to 9-17 September 2017.

The tournament, which is included in the EBT 2017 as Stop 10, will unchanged be conducted in Bowling Scheveningen, situated in Den Hague – The Netherlands.

The organizer also announces a new event website: www.scheveningendutchopen.com and a new email address: info@scheveningendutchopen.com for the contact person of the tournament, Kevin de Haan.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.

Leisureplex Stillorgan housed and hosted one of the classics in Europe, the 29th Irish Open Championships in association with Storm, on 15-22 January in Dublin.

194 players had found their way to Dublin to compete for the 62 spots available for the final steps of the tournament.

Step 1 included 54 bowlers playing 3 games starting from scratch, Step 2 included 32 bowlers playing 3 games starting from scratch and Step 3 included 16 bowlers playing 2 games matches in a pyramid system including Eighth Finals, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and a Final.

The outcome of the three last matches became as follows:

Semi Final 1
Tore Torgersen, Norway: 205 + 258 = 463
Santtu Tahvanainen, Finland: 227 + 211 = 438

Semi Final 2
Keira Reay, England: 207 + 251 = 458
Jenny Wegner, Sweden: 210 + 243 = 453

Final
Tore Torgersen, Norway: 267 + 236 = 503
Keira Reay, England: 181 + 234 = 415

Tore Torgersen’s victory is remarkable, sublime and extraordinary. Tore is soon a real veteran and available for the senior championships in a few years. But Tore is obviously still going strong, and he left no doubt who should be crowned for the victory in Dublin in 2017.

Tore Torgersen became the highest ranked man in a tours top for the 6th time in his career and it was his 4th EBT title. Young and very talented Keira Reay became the highest ranked women in a tour stop for the first time in her career.

The top of the Men’s Division of the EBT 2016 is still Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark with 250 points and Martin Larsen from Sweden with 200 points.

Also the top of the Women’s Division of the EBT 2016 is unchanged with the two Singapore women atop of the Ranking: Daphne Tan with 250 points and Jazreel Tan with 200 points.

World Bowling has announced that a two part series from the World Singles Championships 2016 has been aired on the Olympic Channel.

The series documents the main highlights from the championships, which was held in Doha, Qatar during December last year.

The series includes actions from the qualifying rounds, the quarter finals, the semi-finals and finally extended parts from the two finals; Kelly Kulick from USA vs. New Hui Fen from Singapore in the women’s division and Jesper Agerbo from Denmark vs. Rafiq Ismail from Malaysia in the men’s division.

Click at the following link to view the series:
https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/playback/bowling-world-singles-championship-2016/

Ballmaster Open is the only tournament, which has been adopted in the European Bowling Tour since the beginning in 2000 (18 times), and it is always conducted as the first every year.

Like the last many years the participation was very high in Helsinki, where not less than 492 athletes took part in the tournament.

54 athletes continued to the first step of the final Saturday night, which were top 44 from the general standing, top 6 from a separate standing of Squad 1-9 and top 4 from the Desperado.

The 54 athletes played 5 games Saturday night and continued with another 5 games Sunday morning, adding the number of games in the step up to 10.

Top 12 after the 10 games continued into a 12 persons Round Robin, including 11 one game matches with 30 bonus points for a won match and 15 bonus points for a tied match.

Everything were here after added together: the 5 first games + the next 5 games + 11 Round Robin games + bonus + women’s handicap to determine the best four players for the concluding stepladder final of the tournament.

The following 4 athletes ended atop of the standing after 21 games plus various bonuses:
1. 5077: Daphne Tan, Singapore
2. 5070: Jazreel Tan, Singapore
3. 5028: Carsten W. Hansen, Denmark
4. 5019: Sanna pasanen, Finland

The outcome of the matches in the stepladder final became as follows.

Match 1
Carsten W. Hansen, Denmark: 211

Sanna Pasanen, Finland: 225 (217+8)

Match 2
Jazreel Tan, Singapore: 222 (214+8)
Sanna Pasanen, Finland: 214 U(206+8)

Match 3
Daphne Tan, Singapore: 232 (224+8)
Jazreel Tan, Singapore: 225 (217+8)

Daphne Tan won her first tour title and became the highest ranked women in a tour stop for the first time in her career, while Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark became the highest ranked man for the second time in his career.

The latest women to win Ballmaster Open before Daphne Tan’s win in 2017 goes back to 2001, where Piritta Maja (Kantola in those days) won the tournament.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

It is with sadness we are circulating information about yet a cancellation in the European Bowling Tour 2017; caused by the fact that the organizer of the 15th Columbia 300 Vienna Open has announced that the 2016 issue of the tournament was the last of its kind.

Vienna Open has been included in the tour since 2003, and the tournament has always been one of the highlights of the season.

We will surely, ETBF and many athletes, miss the annual tournament in Vienna and I will personally thank Thomas Gross and before him the funder of the tournament, Wolfgang Lohschmid, for their cooperation over the years.

Click here to see the EBT 2017 Calendar.